The Cadillac XTS plush 5-passenger, full-size sedan, people hauler is a favorite among limo services. Its touring oriented ride has become popular with affluent commuters that like to show off on the drive to the office. It is said that Cadillac is to phase out the XTS once its generation runs its course as the automaker is trying to appeal to a younger consumer. A number of changes and upgrades to standard and optional equipment for the XTS 2017 has been confirmed. For example, 3 new colors will be available to choose from: Phantom Gray Metallic, Deep Amethyst Metallic and Bronze Dune Metallic. Also, Cadillac’s infotainment system gets upgraded with a set of features by adding various apps and Teen Driver enhancement. Similar to the Ford’s MyKey programmable speed and audio-limiting system, the Teen Driver is designed to encourage safe habits in young drivers. Other improvements include new standard 20-inch sterling silver premium pointed alloy wheels on specific trims, and a Base Cluster with updated graphics definition in its 12.3 inch screen. The XTS is returning in its 4 trims: XTS, Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Platinum. The new Premium Luxury and the flagship Platinum edition will be available in a VSport sub trim that has a twin turbocharged V6, AWD, upgraded wheels, and an electronic limited slip differential. In the meantime, the rest of the lineup comes once more with standard FWD. All iterations, excepting the base XTS, are eligible for full time AWD. The XTS maintains its 18 cu ft of trunk space. In terms of power, the XTS again offers a standard 3.6 Liter V6 LFX engine that produces 304 hp and is coupled to a 6-Speed shiftable automatic transmission that allows 264lb-ft of torque. In terms of fuel economy, estimates currently sit at 18/28/22 mpg in the FWD versions. For the AWD, estimates are 17/26/20 mpg. Cadillac has hinted that this engine will be replaced with an upgraded LFG powerplant and paired with an 8 or 9-Speed automatic transmission for the 2017 model year. However, there is no official statement about these upgrades so far. For the XS VSport trim, a 3.6 liter twin turbocharged V6 will produce 410 hp and 369lb-ft of torque with the current 6-Speed shiftable automatic. It is important to note that this force-fed powerplant consumes only premium gas and that its fuel numbers are somewhat thirsty 16/23/18 mpg. The same range of standard luxury equipment and accessories will be offered for the 2017. Such as power-adjustable telescoping tilt-steering, cruise control, remote engine start, full power accessories, heated power-adjustable front seats leather upholstery, heated reverse-tilt mirrors and alloy wheels. For the interior, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote garage door opener. For the higher trims there are extra niceties like auto parallel park feature, power sunshade controls, rear seat audio, massaging driver’s seat, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, power folding outside mirrors heated steering wheel. Rivals like the Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Genesis will challenge the 2017 XTS in its price niche; Audi’s A6 and Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class each provide a midsize, and pricier, alternative. NHTSA gives the 2016 XTS lineup 5 out of 5 stars for overall safety, while the IIHS also awards the Cadillac its highest score of Good on all tests.